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The development of "sports-city" zones and their potential value as tourism resources for urban areas

Smith, Andrew (2010) The development of "sports-city" zones and their potential value as tourism resources for urban areas. European Planning Studies, 18 (3). pp. 385-410. ISSN 0965-4313

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09654310903497702


In recent years, several cities have constructed new sports facilities in concentrated areas or supplemented existing facilities to create a themed sport zone. Some have branded these areas as “sports cities” to give them visibility and coherence. This research assesses the rationale for these projects, in particular, their potential value as new tourist areas for cities. Although the relationship between sport and cities is an established part of urban studies, there is currently little research that explicitly addresses this new phenomenon of themed areas of cities dedicated to sport. To address the lack of previous work, existing literature on comparable manifestations of themed urban areas is used as a conceptual basis for the paper. A comparative analysis is then conducted of four specific schemes: “SportCity”, Manchester (UK); “The International Sports Village”, Cardiff (UK); “The Aspire Zone”, Doha (Qatar) and “Dubai Sports City” (UAE). These different sports-city zones are compared and evaluated with reference to issues raised in the literature. The paper concludes that, to be successful, sports-city zones need to be planned as such, and not merely employed as convenient brands for existing events facilities.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:9350
Deposited On:19 Apr 2011 16:16
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